One common work at home scam is to post a fake work at home job lead on a job board. The job looks great, pay is good and so forth. However, when the application is sent in, one of a few things may happen.
- The company may inform the applicant that the job is taken, but some other position is available. Usually, this new position is some other variety of work at home scam.
- The applicant is told they need to join a particular job board in order to access the lead. Most often, this board charges for admission and has few or no current job leads.
- The applicant is asked to pay a fee to show they are “serious,” since the company “doesn’t have time” to deal with all the people who aren’t serious about working at home.
- It’s not a job – it’s a home business opportunity. The business opportunity itself may be a scam.
- The company is real, but the link doesn’t take you to them. Instead, you’re in contact with someone pretending to be from a legitimate company.
When you encounter a fake work at home job lead, report it to the job board on which you found it. Most will remove it promptly.
If you aren’t sure whether an opportunity is a scam or no, approach with caution. Don’t pay anything. Don’t share your personal information. Don’t cash any checks they send to you. Do a search on the company and make sure they are who they say they are. It’s better to be skeptical and delay than to move fast and be scammed.
If You Get Scammed
First, try to clear it up with the company. If they are uncooperative, let them know that you will be contacting officials about the matter. Then do it.
- If you found out about the company on a website, let the site know so that they can take it off their site.
- Contact the Attorney General in your state or the state the company is in.
- Contact the BBB, both your local office and in the company’s state.
- Contact the National Fraud Information Center if this was a “get rich quick” or “easy money” scheme.
- Your local Consumer Protection Offices.
- The Postmaster if you received the offer in the mail.
- The Federal Trade Commission. The FTC has a Complaint Assistant website to help you file your complaint.